At United Way KW & Area we want to bring together all corners of our community, and we know that we can’t do that without the support of the business community. We understand that you want to invest in a thriving community, that you want to make a difference where you work, live and play. As the largest non-governmental funder of social services you can know that when you invest in United Way KW & Area, every dollar is put to work right here in your community.
Small Business Champions
Presented by United Way KW & Area, Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, and Uptown Waterloo BIA
United Way KW & Area inspires people to come together to make a positive difference in our community, and we are inviting you to do the same. It takes the commitment of people and organizations to work together to make lasting change. We hope that you will join United Way KW & Area and Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce as a Small Business Champion.
Your investment of $500 can help to create a better life for everyone in our community. Your gift will be invested back into Kitchener Waterloo & Area to help sustain programs and services vital to the well-being of our community and its citizens.
You will help support United Way’s Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy, and enhance the strengths and resources of residence living in a physical neighbourhood creating a better place to live, work, learn and play.
How does this work?
You can donate $500 OR
You can raise the money by engaging your employees, customers or suppliers.
Facilitate a fundraising event (car wash, bake sale, book or rummage sale)
Portion of sales on a day donated to United Way KW & Area
Matching donations up to $500
Casual dress days
Call us for more ideas!
Join us today and become part of something great!
Contact Rebecca at United Way KW & Area
By phone: (519) 888-6100 ext. 290 Email: email@example.com
Making a corporate investment in United Way KW & Area provides a unique opportunity to give back to your community. Not only will we ensure that you are recognized for your gift, in accordance with our donor recognition guidelines, but we’ll make sure you have the tools you need to share your community investments with others. We’d also be happy to provide a tax receipt for your gift, if appropriate.
Providing gifts-in-kind – non-cash goods or services – is mutually rewarding and can offer tax benefits.
Each year we run several events supporting our community. Our annual Campaign Kickoff in September brings in teams from many of our business partners. This October marks our 3rd annual Social Graces event–a 1940’s themed shindig celebrating our 75th Anniversary. In March we celebrate our partnerships with the Community Spirit Awards, and in June we once again join with our supporters for the annual Day of Caring. These events can provide an opportunity for you to showcase how your business cares about KW and Area, and will build brand awareness through a trusted partner.
Grow leadership within your organization and foster team spirit by holding an annual United Way workplace campaign, typically in the fall. Employees are canvassed by selected coworkers, with the option of making a contribution through payroll deduction. Combining fundraising efforts with other initiatives such as a staff BBQ makes giving fun while bringing awareness to social issues in our community.
Companies that run United Way KW & Area workplace campaigns – particularly those that match employee contributions – report improved morale and happier, more productive staff. As an added bonus, satisfied employees make great ambassadors and can boost recruitment efforts.
United Way KW & Area’s Sponsored Employee Program (SEP) offers a unique opportunity to practice corporate social responsibility in a way that benefits your organization, your selected employee, and our community at large. Potential leaders from a variety of workplaces join forces with United Way staff for a 15-week period, usually during our fall campaign. They gain valuable skills as they play a crucial role in supporting and inspiring hundreds of workplace campaigns in our community. As a sponsoring organization, you’ll receive public recognition in United Way publications, at our special events, and on our web site. You’ll also receive recognition every time your sponsored employee goes into the community on our behalf.
Don’t have an employee to loan? Donating sponsorship funding gives United Way KW & Area the flexibility to hire an individual with specific skills to support our fundraising efforts.
For more information about lending an employee to United Way KW & Area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the sponsored employee experience.